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    I think you're right: Greed was a huge factor. But my sense of the Tea Party rank and file is somewhat different.  

    I think there are greedy bullies in the movement, possibly even hijacking a movement, whose roots are in the authentic concerns of people who have followed the rules and not gotten ahead.  They accept authority, do its bidding, and still live paycheck to paycheck and see even that as a tenuous situation.  

    Then, the very authority figures they have trusted provide scapegoats -- deflecting blame away from themselves (and their greed) and onto well, the left, or the sick, or lately, public emlpoyees and baby boomers.

    I think this constituency is not by nature either mean or greedy. They just want a break.  And I also think the Democratic party has allowed this group to be lied to by the right for much too long.  

    We need to develop our own come-to-jesus strategies.  We need to convey our appreciation for their concerns. And we need to educate the various identity groups out there (ethnic, religious, gender, class. . . ) on the advisability of NOT being divided and conquered.  We have to listen to their concerns and address them better than the Republicans have done, not just in terms of policy but in our rhetoric.  

    Reproductive choice, for example, is NOT entirely about abortion.  Legal options give women, unexpectedly and inconveniently pregnant, the freedom to weigh the possibilities of having a child against the possibilities of not having one.  The freely-taken decision to complete a pregnancy under stressful circumstances can be empowering. Maybe misty, romantic mother-and-child portraits captioned, "I took my time to think it through, and I chose life!" should be a pro-choice meme.  

    A tag-line on this site proclaims, accurately, that we already have death panels, and they are insurers. Why not make that a big selling point next time the health care  funding debate gets rolling?

    We can work for candidates willing to point out the social and economic consequencess of the appeasement of corporations (lost jobs, low wages, broken communities, booming prisons, wars, oh, the list is endless).

    I know a young man whose father, grandfather, and uncle have been firefighters. On his mother's side, the men were firefighters and career military. This kid can't get an FD job because there aren't any, and the military is so inundated with applicants, he's been rejected there.  He's a bright kid, not schooly, but thoughtful, sociable, hardworking. He's doing night shifts as a baker and hoping for a miracle. His family is TP in part because they don't see themselves as welcome among the diverse elite of the DP. They are not alone.

    I think we have a lot of potential Dems in the Tea Party.  But they've been fooled once (at least) and they're not about to wander in and ask how to join. We should be evangelizing them, with information, appreciation, and a willingness to listen and engage.

    What do you think? Can we?

    "I take Democrats to bed with me for lack of a dachshund. . . " E.B. White

    by Foothills of Oblivion on Thu Aug 04, 2011 at 04:03:09 PM PDT

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      But they have to learn to accept hippies and gays.  And that's gonna be hard when they've been taught all their lives that ANYTHING would be better them Them Damn Hippies taking over (whatever that means).  We've been playing "as square as thou" for what seems like forever--has it really gotten us anywhere?

      The '60s were simply an attempt to get the 21st Century started early....Well, what are we waiting for? There's no deadline on a dream!

      by Panurge on Mon Aug 08, 2011 at 10:11:56 PM PDT

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